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Punta Gorda Airshow

Punta Gorda FL Airshow

My Dad and I went up to the Punta Gorda Airshow today. Although the traffic was terrible (1.5 hours waiting to get parked) and it was beyond hot out in that field, we managed to enjoy a few hours of cool planes and interesting stories. If you go, bring chairs, an umbrella or sun tent and plenty of cold liquid.

  • Oct 21
Heliconia On Pine Island Florida

Heliconia on Pine Island Florida

For my birthday, my wife bought me some Heliconia Bahai (bah-hi). Heliconia are my favorite plant and cover over 200 species. Although they don’t flourish in the winter months in Florida, they really come to life in the wet, hot, rainy summer. Here’s a photo of the first new flower beginning to bloom. Later, these two bracts will grow to 9 or 10 and it will be stunning. This plant is over 7 feet tall! If you know what this particular cultivar is please let me know in the comments.

  • Sep 21

North Captiva Beach


About 8 miles north of Pine Island is North Captiva. We can hop in the boat and be there in about 1/2 an hour. What do you think?

  • May 3
Pine Island Florida Fishing Charter

Fishing off Pine Island Florida

My neighbor, and expert fishing guide, took me out for a fishing trip yesterday! It was dead low tide at 7 AM but Bill was unfazed, he loaded up his 28 foot Grady White and headed out of Pine Island Sound and navigated through Boca Grande Pass. We caught bait fish along the way and continued on until we were about 30 miles off the coast of Sanibel. The waters were azure blue. By the end of the the day, we had caught several kind of Snapper, a Remora, and this big beautiful Grouper. That night I ate the best grouper I’d ever had. Want to fish on Pine Island? Check out Bill Schwalm’s Better Days Pine Island Florida Fishing Charter Service. He’s a great guy, knows his stuff and is highly recommended!

  • Feb 26
Tarpon Lodge For Dinner

Tarpon Lodge for Dinner

This is second time we have been to Tarpon Lodge for dinner and again it was excellent – dinner was delicious, the service was good and the sunset view over the marina was perfect. After dinner, we strolled out to the docks to eye the beautiful fishing boats – another nice night on Pine Island.

  • Oct 16
Pine Island Sound

Out On The Sound

With the hurricane past, I ventured back out on Pine Island Sound and it was beautiful. I saw a pod of dolphins, a big Ray jumped about 5 feet out of the water and I noticed that the Osprey are back in town. The Osprey were perched on the pole tops, one  with a fish in its claws. This photo, taken at sunset, is of marker #12 just off St. James City.

  • Sep 26
Hurricane Irma On Pine Island

Good Luck Shines On Pine Island

For two days straight weather reports showed the track of Hurricane Irma heading directly for the Sanibel/Pine Island area. Ultimately, she made landfall south of us and then jogged eastward swerving around our little island. The jog over land also decreased storm surge significantly. We got lucky and had minimal storm damage. This photo is of a downed palm tree – the interior wood is actually soft and squishy, like a sponge.

  • Sep 20
Pine Island Fl Hardware Store

St. James City Hardware Store

Independent hardware stores are rare these days. Today, we met Mike of Pine Island Hardware & Marine Supplies who helped us find just what we were looking for – stainless steel bolts for our boat restoration project. Pine Island has two hardware stores, one at the center and one down in St. James City. We hope you’ll help support them both!

  • Aug 17
Matlacha FL Post Office

Funky Matlacha Post Office

The wall of the Matlacha Post Office has a colorful fish mural that stretches perhaps 30 feet (look in the upper right for the PO sign). We’ll try to learn who the artist is.

  • Aug 17

Dolphins in the Canal

There have been a lot of dolphins in our canal lately. We love seeing them! This morning three dolphins swim down the canal and around the pilings – probably looking for food. We ran out and took a quick video. Enjoy!

  • Aug 7
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